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Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference To Co-Locate At The Texas Restaurant Show 

A partnership between Texas Restaurant Association and OnTrend Concepts brings together the best of two foodservice worlds. 

HOUSTON, TX (February 1, 2023) – 
The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), producers of the Texas Restaurant Show (TRS), has announced a partnership with OnTrend Concepts that will co-locate the 3rd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference at the 86th annual Texas Restaurant Show scheduled for July 7-10, 2023 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX.

“We are thrilled to have created this collaboration adding top leaders from ghost kitchen, delivery, foodtech, and virtual brand industries to our list of 500+ exhibitors that offer the latest and greatest in foodservice goods & services,” shared TRA President and CEO Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D.

“OnTrend Concepts is thrilled to partner with the Texas Restaurant Association on the 3rd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference,” commented OnTrend Concepts’ President Pete Cook. “The TRA has been a great partner for the first two conferences and we look forward to introducing national and international leaders from the ghost kitchen & virtual brands world to the best-run state restaurant show in the country.”
OnTrend Concepts will also manage the OnTrend Ghost Kitchen & Off-Premise Pavilion in the exhibit hall at the Texas Restaurant Show. Exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The Texas Restaurant Show schedule will expand to feature the Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference (GKC) on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8. The Texas Restaurant Association will offer an industry deep-dive educational session on Saturday, July 8 and then more than 20 educational sessions during the tradeshow exhibition Sunday, July 9 and Monday, July 10. 

Texas Restaurant Show registration is free to member restaurateurs and $50 for non-members until July 1 and then $75. Non-exhibiting suppliers and vendors is $350 until July 1 and then $395.

Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference registration is $695 and is offered to Texas Restaurant Association members and to the first 150 non-Association members at $395. GKC registration includes entry to the Texas Restaurant Show.
Companies interested in sponsoring at the Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference should contact OnTrend Concepts to learn more about the opportunities.

Friday, July 7 | 1:00pm – 7:00pm Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference  
Saturday, July 8 | 8:00am - 6:30pm Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference
Saturday, July 8 |8:00am – 5:00pm TRA Industry Deep Dive Workshop (Topic TBA) 
Sunday, July 9 | 9:30am – 4:00pm Texas Restaurant Show exhibit floor and education sessions 
Sunday, July 9 | 5:00pm – 11:00pm Texas Restaurant Awards feat. Lone Star Bash | 713 Music Hall
Sunday, July 10 | 9:30am – 4:00pm Texas Restaurant Show exhibit floor and education sessions


Tony Abruscato (Chief Marketing Officer) & Kelsey Erickson Streufert (Chief Public Affairs Officer)
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The Texas Restaurant Show is the Texas Restaurant Association's annual restaurant and foodservice show. The largest of its kind in the Southwest, it is backed by TRA’s 86 years of industry leadership, and is as bold, unique, and packed with opportunity as the Lone Star state itself.

Part trade show and part educational conference, the Texas Restaurant Show motivates and inspires everyone – from first time restauranteurs to industry veterans. Engaging seminars and interactive panels are offered by industry thought leaders on trending topics and specialty pavilions offer an exciting, diverse, and valuable glimpse into the latest products and services that the market has to offer. For more information, visit

Formed in 1937, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) serves as the advocate and indispensable resource for the foodservice industry in Texas. As a leading business association, the TRA represents the state’s $87 billion restaurant industry, which encompasses more than 53,000 locations and a workforce of over 1.3 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Foundation, the workforce development arm of the TRA, the association proudly continues to protect, advance, and educate a growing industry as the TRA enters its 86th year. For more information, please visit

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Founder Peter Cook recognized the need for a dedicated information sharing forum tailored to business leader needs in these quickly changing sectors. OnTrend Concept’s mission is to address these needs by providing thoughtful events and information for industry executives, investors, and supplier partners. The format, topics, and speakers at our events are carefully selected to advance this mission. Beyond OnTrend Concept’s live gatherings, our weekly news digests are must-reads for professionals working in those sectors. For more information, please visit